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Commemoration service for Dr. Tom Pilkington planned at Tarleton
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Tarleton State University

May 13, 2011

STEPHENVILLE, Texas-The Tarleton family is mourning the loss of one of its own this week following the May 10 passing of Dr. Tom Pilkington, a longtime professor in the Department of English and Languages acclaimed for both his teaching and scholarly work.

A commemoration service will be held Wednesday, May 18, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Barry B. Thompson Student Center Ballrooms. The Department of English and Languages invites faculty and staff to attend the service, which will be presided over by Dr. Don Zelman.

Pilkington, a native of Fort Worth, joined the faculty of Tarleton State College on Sept. 1, 1969, as an assistant professor prior to being named full professor in 1977. He taught part-time at Tarleton following his retirement in 2007.

Dr. Pilkington held a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Texas at Arlington and both his master of arts and Ph.D. from Texas Christian University. He taught at Southwest Texas State University and TCU before joining the Tarleton faculty.

He is author or editor of 13 books, including "My Blood's Country: Studies in Southwestern Literature" (1973), "Critical Essays on the Western American Novel" (1981), "Careless Weeds: Six Texas Novellas" (1993), and, most recently, "State of Mind: Texas Literature and Culture" (1998).

Pilkington was general editor of the Tarleton Southwestern Studies in the Humanities series, published by Texas A&M University Press, and co-editor of the Southwest Life and Letters series, published by Southern Methodist University Press. In addition, Pilkington served on the Editorial Advisory Board of the journal Western American Literature.

He is a former president of the Western Literature Association and was an elected member of the Texas Institute of Letters and one of the organization's councilors. He was appointed University Scholar in 1990 and was a recipient of the A&M System's Regents Professor award in 2000.

The family requests that donations be made to Tarleton's English Department Scholarship in lieu of flowers. Cards of condolence may be sent to Betsy Pilkington and the Pilkington family at: 1104 Sahara Ave., Austin, TX 78745.


Tarleton State University
A member of The Texas A&M University System since 1917

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